5 things to do in and around the Buckingham area

Goodbye Christopher Robin
Goodbye Christopher Robin

Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around the Buckingham area this week.

1 Musical

Fat Friends, Milton Keynes Theatre, 7.30pm Monday March 5 - Saturday March 10 with additional 2.30pm matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday

Starring Jodie Prenger, Sam Bailey, Natasha Hamilton, Natalie Anderson, Kevin Kennedy and Joel Montague, this is the musical stage version of Kay Mellor’s popular television series. With all the familiar characters, lovelorn Lauren puts the members of Super Slimmers through their Zumba paces whilst Kelly (pictured above by Helen Maybanks) fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. Tickets from £16.50. Call 0844 871 7652 or

2 Recital of words and music

The Fateful Voyage, All Saints Church, Adstone, 6pm Saturday March 3

A BBC commissioned recital of poetry and song comes to Adstone, to fund raise for the church: the story of World War I poet Rupert Brooke and two composers’ journey to Gallipoli, told through their own poetry, letters and music. Written and narrated by biographer and broadcaster Kate Kennedy with tenor Matthew Sandy and pianist Simon Over. Tickets £20 to include a pre-concert drink and post concert fork supper. Tickets available on the door or book online:

3 Film

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG), 7.30pm tonight (Friday) and The Death of Stalin (15), 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday)

Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald star in the biopic/drama Goodbye Christopher Robin about the relationship between author A A Milne and his son, who inspired the stories of lazy, honey loving bear Winnie the Pooh. Rupert Friend stars in the drama comedy The Death of Stalin. The sudden death of Joseph Stalin triggers a frantic power struggle among his acolytes, who include his lack lustre deputy Malenkof, the wily party secretary Khruschchev and general Georgy Zhukov. Tickets £5.50 adults, £5 concessions, £3 students/children, available on the door or from The Old Gaol, or online:

4 Conversation

Hugh Grant, Oxford Playhouse, 7pm Sunday March 4

Award winning actor, producer and campaigner Hugh Grant (pictured) takes to the Playhouse stage for one night to discuss his life, career and battles with the press. This special one off evening is presented by Oxford Playhouse and Hacked Off, the campaign for a free and accountable press. Hugh recently settled a phone hacking damages claims and has campaigned for Hacked Off ever since. Tickets £30. Box office 01865 305305 or book online:

5 Theatre

No Such Thing As A Fish, Oxford Playhouse, 7.30pm Wednesday March 7

The top fact finding Elves from television’s QI are bringing an evening of the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts known to man to the Playhouse stage. The award winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish is downloaded 1.2 million times a week, making it one of iTune’s top ten most downloaded podcasts of 2016 and it has its own spin off topical BBC2 television series No Such Thing As The News. The evening promises to be a peculiarly wonderful event. Age guideline 14+ Tickets £20. 01865 305305